Kauai Activities

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FREE (OR FOR A NOMINAL ENTRY FEE) THINGS TO DO ON KAUAI

  • Waimea Canyon- Stretching 14 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,600 feet deep, the Waimea Canyon Lookout provides panoramic views of crested buttes, rugged crags, and deep valley gorges. The grand inland vistas go on for miles. The best way to navigate Waimea Canyon Drive is to put "Kalalau Lookout" into Google maps. This will take you by several scenic lookouts and ends at a gorgeous viewpoint in Kokee State Park. It's a definite photo op moment! *Note- there is a parking fee at each lookout, but you only need to pay once. You'll put the ticket in your dashboard and it's good for the rest of the day.

  • Hanapepe Friday Night Art Festival- every Friday night, wander through downtown Hanapepe and through artist galleries, chat with residents and artists, sample local food and wine, catch a local slack key guitar musician, and don't forget to check out the swinging bridge.

  • Farmers/Sunshine Markets- see the schedule in the dining section, but worth mentioning here again. Make sure to hit the sunshine market early in your trip to stock your room with fresh produce and snacks.

  • Spouting Horn Blowhole- Formed from an ancient lava tube, when the waves crash at the shore the water is forced up through the hole (during high tides and surf it can reach 50 feet)! According to Hawaiian legend, the sound you hear at the blowhole is the sound of a "mo'o" or giant lizard. He used to guard the coast and ate anybody who came too close. One day a brave man named Liko entered the water and was attacked by mo'o. To get away he swam under the lava shelf and up through the tube, where mo'o got stuck. Listen for the mo'o's growls when you're there.

  • Waterfalls- two "not to be missed" (and easy to get to) waterfalls are 'Opaeka'a Falls and Wailua Falls. Both show up on google maps, so you can request directions from wherever you are on the island.

  • Sunrise or Sunset beach stroll- Kauai is blessed with an abundance of unspoiled white sand beaches. Because Kauai is the oldest Hawaiian Island, it offers more beach per linear coastline than its neighbor islands. A simple stroll on the beach turns magical during sunset.

  • Hiking- Kauai is a hiker's paradise and an excellent way for clients to enjoy areas free of cars. In particular, Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park, both on the west side of the island, are great places for hiking, offering over 45 miles of trails.

  • Spot Wildlife- Poipu beach is a favorite for turtles and Hawaiian monk seals. If you're traveling during whale season (Nov-March), you'll want to make sure you take some binoculars for whale watching.​​

  • Bird watching at the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge (at the lighthouse): Framed by breathtaking views of Kauai’s North Shore, Hawaii’s endangered birds can be seen nesting in the cliffs, including the Hawaiian Gallinule, red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, albatrosses and frigate birds.

  • Kauai Coffee Company Visitors Center- Free coffee samples… need I say more?!

WANT A LITTLE MORE GUIDANCE?

Helpful guides for exploring on your own:

Download these apps on your phone for a helpful guided tour from your car with GPS and driving directions ($).

 

Shaka Guide Kauai - Tours of Waimea Canyon & Napili, North Shore, Wailua Valley & Waterfalls and Poipu and Kola Town

Download: App Store | Google Play

 

GyPSy Guide Kauai - There is no road that goes all the way around Kauai in a tidy circle. Once you see the amazing Na Pali coastline you will understand why. So we recommend dividing the island into 2 portions for your sightseeing adventures. Each deserves one day of your time.

Download: App Store | Google Play